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FCKeditor – A Feature Packed WYSIWYG WordPress Plugin

Lee Odden on Oct 17th, 2007     Blogging

Being a designer/developer, I’m very handy at coding and designing all my own posts. Need the text red? No problem. Need other fun formatting? Not an issue. However, not everyone is quite as handy with code as I am. I’ve had many clients ask for additional formatting options when writing blog posts. WordPress has come a long way in adding more formatting options, but there are quite a few people out there that want it all.

Having tested a handful of WYSIWYG plugins for WordPress, the best one I’ve come across so far is FCKeditor. FCKeditor replaces WordPress’ current editor with one that has a lot of additional features. To make it even better, it even writes pretty clean code.

FCKeditor Screenshot

Additional features, besides those found in WordPress, include:

Lee Odden

Safari 3 Brings WYSIWYG Editing for Mac and Windows

Lee Odden on Jun 21st, 2007     Blogging

Safari 3, now for Mac and PC, recently came out in beta form. Included in this release was the ability for users to use visual editors also know as WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editors. No longer do Safari users have to know code to make basic formatting in blog posts.

Safari WYSIWYG Editor
Safari 3.0.1 Beta on Windows XP

I’ve tested it in WordPress 2.2 and it works great.* As far as I understand, previous versions of WordPress don’t support Safari’s rich text editing. Testing it out under 2.0.10 confirms this.

I also tested out Blogger and had no issues. They seem to be on board with the Safari 3 crowd too.

TypePad however didn’t seem to support rich text editing with Safari yet.

Lee Odden

WordPress vs HTML: YouTube & Other Services

Lee Odden on Oct 17th, 2006     Blogging

YouTube LogoOne of the things that bugs me about WordPress is this WYSIWYG editor. It’s nice, but it has a tendency to eat your code. However, I found out a few cool features.

Did you know that you can put in basic HTML code into the WYSIWYG editor and it’ll render out as HTML when you hit save or publish? You can put in bold, italic, span, link and image HTML tags all in the WYSIWYG editor. Have an image on Flickr you want to post? Put the entire raw code that Flickr gives you into the editor, and it’ll be converted into a pretty image when you post it. That’s quite handy when you don’t feel like toggling back and forth between the HTML window.

Lee Odden

Adobe Contribute 4 – Desktop Blogging Software

Lee Odden on Oct 11th, 2006     Blogging

Contribute LogoI know it sounds odd, but Macromedia Adobe recently announced Contribute 4 and one of the key features is blogging. Contribute as desktop publishing software? Yep.

According to Contribute’s website, the application now supports MetaWeblog which means it should work with WordPress, Blogger, Movable Type and many others.

At first thought, Contribute doesn’t seem like your average blogging application and that’s because it isn’t. Contribute has worked its way into many workplaces as WYSIWYG website editing software. It was a great solution for those that wanted to edit their website, yet steer clear of the technical aspect of a website.

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